SERVO: As Potting Medium

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by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

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A formula of vitamins, growth hormones, charcoal bits, perlite and sugar-cane fiber; mixes well with cork nuggets; address; price. OIE85Mar-14

It's mostly sugar-cane bagasse with perlite and charcoal chips; it lasts about one year; should be kept wet constantly; the size of resulting roots is gratifying; it's best for immature plants. OIE87My-l4

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SERVO: As a Potting Medium A proprietary medium apparently mostly made from sugarcane bagasse with perlite and small charcoal chips; lasts one year; source given. OA86-204 0
SERVO: Definition The husk left from sugar cane after the sugar is removed; bagasse; it absorbs moisture and releases it slowly; has a pot life as a potting medium in combination with sphagnum peat of several years; cattleyas, dendrobiums, phalaenopsis seedlings, prosper in a mix of Servo, charcoal and long fiber sphagnum peat; bagasse mugt be sterilized to kill smut; correct pH with lime to 5.5 with about four tablespoons per hobby bag; refill pots from time to time; old medium can be hosed off for repotting. F79-162 0
SERVO: Potting Medium A commercial name for a mix of sugar-cane, charcoal, peat moss, and perilte; used in Florida with success and elsewhere; it breaks down quickly but works well with fast-growing seedlings and young plants. A86-497 0

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